Note that we had a challenge not present for a typical Ska Date installation: migrating ~1100 user accounts (and mail messages) from one unknown system to another. Expect some bugs and frustrations, but hey, you only paid $350!
So, after the captains have picked their pairs, and the players have exerted their influence over each other (for better or worse), it is the crowd that will have the biggest impact.Everyone is a combination of two of these categories, with one usually being prevalent.For Darren Clarke to have the biggest influence on Friday and Saturday, he must select the most mutually beneficial partnerships from the plethora of possibilities. If someone is beautiful and brilliant, they can work with anyone, apart from a particularly boisterous bastard.The Ryder Cup is my favourite event on the golfing calendar.It is three days of relentless distraction from the usual toil of planning lessons, marking work, and weeping silently.Squeezed into their cargo shorts and boating shoes, they’ll bellow ‘get in the hole’ whilst high-fiving all the other members of the Dentists’ Big Game Hunt Society. Whether it is the captain, the players, or the crowd, it is the influence they exert that will decide the outcome. A more immature mind than mine might resort to petty insults or unflattering generalisations.
During my 33 years as an avid sports watcher, I have never cared more about the result of a single event. I’m realistic enough to admit that I will struggle to resist the occasional capitalised tweet (I’ll keep the syllable count low for the sake of the dim Yanks).
This statistic highlights that the tournament is won or lost on the fourballs and foursomes, which means that the decisions the captains have to make regarding playing partners are vital.
All teachers know how difficult it is to group pupils in a way that will maximise their potential. and you’d be surprised at just how similar they are to 10-year-olds, so here goes.
For the Americans to stand a chance of winning, they need their baying mob of imbeciles to caress their egos every step of the way.
Like one of those brainless bastards from your childhood, the one that pulled down your shorts during the school’s Christmas assembly (f**k you, Paul Jennings), they only have the courage to keg you if they’re backed up by a giggling group of reprobates. They need to silence the pudgy, basement-dwelling, irritants, stuffed on cookie dough and pissy beer, pausing between mouthfuls of hotdog so they can scream ‘Baba booey’ until their jelly faces turn red.
The Bland They might do something; the type of student that will smile agreeably and nod as someone tells them their level – the type of golfer that will lay up The Brainless They will do nothing; the type of student that will stare vacantly and not be able to spell the word ‘level’ – the type of golfer that you would not expect to be playing in the Ryder Cup. The type of student that will ridicule relentlessly and not care about their level – the type of golfer that can ruin or redeem any partner’s mindset.